Neuroscientists discovered that when people listened to music it was like watching fireworks go off with multiple parts of the brain involved. But when these researchers studied musicians engaged in writing or performing music those fireworks turned into a jubilee—with every part of the brain engaged. What amazed these neuroscientists is that no other activity (sports, art, etc.) came close to matching what happens when we write or perform music. To see and listen to this fascinating study go to: http://omeleto.com/201067/.
Psalm 104:33—I will sing to God all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.
Thousands of years ago, worship leaders discovered that praising God in adoration is one of the most important activities in which we can engage. Moses taught the Israelites, “Worship the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. I will remove illnesses from you. No woman will miscarry or be childless in your land. I will give you the full number of your days” (Exodus 23:25,26).
Worship changes our perspective. When we choose to praise the Lord in song our attitude is lifted up and our outlook on life improves. Even in grief, songs remind us of hope.
Worship fortifies our minds. When the enemy comes after us with lies and attempts to discourage us, shifting our thoughts to praising our Father brings instant victory. Thanksgiving songs turn traffic snarls into heavenly jam sessions. Gossip attacks and slander forays fall flat against spirits focused on adoration. Worshiping saints are undefeatable.
Worship is healthy. If playing music works every part of the brain for the good of people imagine what worshiping does! From your heart try writing down words of praise to God and if you can play an instrument offer up to Him a new song. If you have no musical ability, fit the words to a familiar song and sing them to Him (don’t worry about staying in tune—stay in worship). If you can’t write or sing, push the play button and join in with those who can. Our lives improve mentally, emotionally and physically through the activity of worship.
Worship is commitment. I plan on singing to God all my life. There is no activity on earth or heaven as fulfilling as worship. Worship reflects the galactic truth that life is all about Him. “All mankind will come to worship Me” (Isaiah 66:3). In Revelation, John records how those who overcame the beast were given harps by God and “sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the Lamb: . . . Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, for all the nations will come and worship before You because Your righteous acts have been revealed” (Rev. 15:3a,4).
There are 85 places in the Bible where we are directed to sing.—Jack Hayford inWorship His Majesty
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)